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Teacher Appreciation Begins With Being Fair

We are a group of politically diverse parents and community members who support Glendale’s public schools, which serve 25,000 students and employ nearly 3,000 teachers and staff.
For the past two election cycles, we have worked to protect our community from extremists and candidates who failed to earn the GTA’s (Glendale Teachers Association) endorsement. We trust the expertise and extensive candidate vetting of the GTA, which its more than 1,200 members are teachers who work with our children every single day.
All five Glendale Unified School District Board of Education members now serving won their elections because they pledged to support educators with fair contracts. They also pledged to go through budgets carefully to prioritize spending on people and programs that are effective and that will support the long-term success of our district.
For at least the past eight years, every single budget discussion has forecast doom and gloom, using threats of cuts to maintain an inadequate status quo. In the past four years, contract negotiations have been frustratingly slow. Moving forward, we will not be able to support candidates who do not keep their promises to support the backbone of our district: the teachers who work in our schools.
The promise of public education has always been to support all children by giving each child the specific tools and support that child needs to succeed. Yet, for decades, Glendale’s parents have been filling in the gaps in staffing and materials by endless fundraising through foundations, PTAs, and direct donations to our children’s classrooms. Those of us who can afford it supplement our children’s learning with private enrichment, private tutoring, and private therapy. This has only exacerbated the inequity between schools and student learning outcomes.
The Glendale Unified community, which includes teachers, parents, and administration, must look closely at revenue sources, contracts, and spending to ensure every dollar is spent improving our children’s experiences in GUSD, which includes prioritizing competitive wages and benefits for our educators.
As we celebrate another Teacher Appreciation Week with treats and cards, we call on GUSD administrators to appreciate teachers in a meaningful, professional way — with a fair contract.

Joann Lo

Angela Givant

Paul Givant

Jessica Hollander

Grey James

Marisa Gallo

Lauri Evans Deason

Thomas Deason

Lily Kate Deason

Julia Figueira McDonough

Amy Loeliger

Julie Livesey

Rachel & Dallas Davidson

Karin Wang

Sarah King

Allison Bennett

Amanda Moghaddam

Sarah Armstrong

Monica Ko


Amy DiNoble

Molly Zielenbach

Jason Beeber

Sarah Velasquez

Jennifer Ho

Stephanie Arm

Sherianne McClenahan

Jade Brookbank

Anne Gregory

Ian Kezsbom

Johanna Maugg Kousoulas


Banafsheh Sultan

Elisabeth DiCarlo and Josh DiCarlo

Miriam Allcroft

Christie Asselin

Beth B.

John B.

Chris Shellen

Jane O’Neill

Kristine Kimmel

Susan Smith

Sarah Goodwin

Elizabeth Anderson

Emily Van Voorhis

Rob O’Neill

Jessica Stamm

Michelle Wilby

Aaden Wilby

Bee Jensen

Penelope Oberhardt, LCSW

Sol Davis

Blaine Oberhardt

Deborah Manson

Jenna Greene

Tiffany Marcy

Dasha Flynn

Amy Kaufman


Emily Greene

Vanessa Williford

Paul Rickey

Eugenia Chong

Eric Cooney

Emily Rice

Jeff Rice

Lisa Avery

Jean Tiller

Vania Bessos

Alan Harris

Stephanie Kermer Watkins

Adrianne Viar

Christy Taylor

Michael Moghaddam

Nicole Van Andel

Barbara Zufelt

Johanna Shapiro

Letizia Dorigo

Elenia Tinelli

Carmen Capone



Payel MacKie-Mason

Monica Campagna

Carly Heath

Sarah Foster

Margaret Frey

Brian MacKie-Mason

Jessica Vo

Catherine Coble

Rebecca Patel

Jenny Ruiz

Vanessa Ynda

Tonia Tse

Seth Anicich

Suzanne Lang

Kara Sergile

Glendale Parents for Public Schools

First published in the May 4 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

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